The LORD has done what he planned; he has fulfilled his word, which he decreed long ago. He has overthrown you without pity, he has let the enemy gloat over you, he has exalted the horn of your foes. Lamentations 2:17
When God had brought the Israelites out of Egypt and made them into their own nation, He told them to follow only Him. He set down the rules that He expected them to follow. Along with giving the rules He gave them the rewards of following Him and the consequences of choosing not to follow Him. If they chose not to follow Him, the consequence would be destruction.
Over time, the Israelites had chosen not to follow God. After many warnings, God followed though on His plan to destroy them because they disobeyed His laws. It was not done on the spur of the moment or in a fit of anger. Their destruction was planned because of the rules laid out many years before.
Although times have changed and the ways of committing sins has changed, God has not. His laws and expectations are still the same. God expects everyone to follow Him with all of their life. Being a loving merciful God, He has laid out what He expects and how to accomplish those expectations. He has provided for every possible need that a person could have.
Many people choose right now to not live for God. Others claim to live for God, yet, purposefully live in some sinful behavior, with no thought to change. God has laid out His plans that those who choose to follow Him will be saved and live for eternity. Those who reject Him, will be punished and banished from Him for eternity.
Although it may not seem to be happening now, or that it will occur, you can be sure that God’s plans will be fulfilled. Some will be saved, while others will be punished.
You have to choose which will occur to you. If you accept and follow God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength, you will be saved. If you choose to reject Him and do your own thing, or choose to accept Him, but still do your own thing, you can expect judgment and destruction in the end.
Choose today to follow God with all of your life.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to obey God with all of your life; that you will know the blessings of God in your life; and that God will not have to bring destruction in your life.
Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. They keep saying to me, “Where is the word of the LORD? Let it now be fulfilled!” Jeremiah 17:15
Jeremiah had prophesied at times that God would do certain things. Although he prophesied these things, they did not happen immediately. The people would then start to ask what happened and where is the word of God. They wanted to see the fulfillment right away.
Jeremiah praised God, because he trusted God’s word would be fulfilled. He trusted God to heal and save Him, even though he did not know when or how that would occur.
Believers often pray for a healing and do not see an immediate result from that prayer. Others then question God, wondering where that healing is and why it has not occurred. Some believers even begin to question God and their trust in God. They want to see the answer to their prayers immediately. If the answer does not come immediately, then maybe something is wrong with them, or that God does not really care.
As you are going through life, there will be times when you cry out to God for help in an area of your life. It may be for healing or it may be for salvation against something horrible in your life. As you cry out, there will be times when God does not immediately answer.
In times like this, you must not be like the people were with Jeremiah. You must not be demanding where is the fulfillment of the word of God. You must demand instant change of your situation.
You must trust God’s timing in your situation. There are times God does the healing or saving immediately, but other times there is a waiting period. The reasons for God causing you to wait are numerous. It could be the timing of someone else; or for someone else to see your faith in God; or for your faith to be built stronger; or for a change in you or someone else.
Regardless of the reason why God does not immediately answer your prayer in the way you desire, you must trust God’s word and timing. You must be willing to wait upon God. He will heal and He will save….in His time.
I pray today that you will know God’s Word for you life; that you will trust in God’s word for your life; that you will not question God’s word; and that you will see God at work in your life.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
As Israel is walking away from God and is being punished, Isaiah makes a prophecy of great proportions. It is about a child that is born that will be in control of the government and will be God while being a man. Looking back, now several thousand years later, one can see that he was talking about Jesus.
At the time Isaiah spoke these words, Jesus was not walking on the earth. He was not born yet as a human being. Still Isaiah speaks as though it has already happened. The actual birth of Jesus would not occur for several hundred more years.
From God’s perspective, time does not really mean anything. He is outside of time. Yesterday, today and tomorrow are all the same to Him. When God makes a statement it is as though it has already happened.
As you think about this you may wonder how this can help you today. God has made many promises. A lot of promises are made to every believer, while God may make some directly to you and your situation in your life.
Often you may hear of a promise of God and wonder if you really heard it, because nothing seemed to change. God promised to meet your needs, yet the bills keep piling up and the car breaking down. You may have heard a prophecy over your life about something and yet nothing seems to come to pass.
You have to claim that promise and believe in God to fulfill it in His time and in His way. Just as Isaiah prophesied about the birth of Jesus and had to wait for it to occur, so you may have to wait for God’s prophecy to you.
Believe the prophecy as though it has occurred and move forward with it. God’s word is alive and active. God will never break a promise to you, only you can break or stop that promise by rejecting it.
Just as Jesus did finally come to this earth, so God will fulfill every promise to you.
I pray today that you will know God’s promises to you; that you will trust God’s word to you; that you will wait for God’s promises to be fulfilled; and that you will not lose hope in Jesus.
“Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39
People are always looking for more enjoyment in life. How and what they consider a good life does vary a lot with different people everywhere.
Some people focus their lives on a career, if they just make a certain level they will be satisfied with life. Others focus on house(s) or car(s) to own. Still some the money in the bank or retirement account.
Other people will have a better sounding goal in life. Raising a large family; running a certain church ministry; and helping other people out.
None of these things are bad in and of themselves. Each of these can be good things to aim for, but they should not be what gives you life and satisfaction in life.
Jesus said that if you find your life you will lose it in the end. This is finding satisfaction and fulfillment in things of this world.
Jesus had stated that He is life. You must lose yourself in Him. Let go the things of this world to seek and follow Him. Do what God wants you to do and you will find true life.
Helping other people out is good and God even desires it, but there are times God may not want you to be the one to do the helping in a particular situation. If you do it, you will not find the satisfaction you desired because you will be going against God’s will.
Find out what God wants you to do each and every day. Do those things. Do not look for temporary entertainment in life that will not satisfy. Seek the God of peace, comfort and life.
Dig into God’s Word to know Him more. Sing a few worship songs. Draw closer to God and you will find true life.
God is not hurried, busy, or temporary. The things in this world are always rushed, busy, and temporary. Lose your life in Jesus, and He will give you abundant, eternal life back.
I pray today that God will guide you in His will; that you will seek God for everything in your life; that you will find life in Jesus alone; that God will be first in your life; and that you will lose yourself in Jesus.
“These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” Hebrews 11:39-40
In this chapter from verse two all the way through verse thirty-eight we are given a large list of Old Testament men and women who followed God and showed their faith in Him. Every one of them had a promise from God. The hard part is that although every one of those people had received a promise, none of them had seen the promised fulfilled in their life time. Each one had lived their lives following God and died still following God.
It was for this reason they were commended for their faith. They continued to believe that God would still fulfill the promise He had made. Many of these even were persecuted and killed for their faith. God did not fulfill the promise because He was holding off for the perfect fulfillment and the right time. God’s fulfillment of the promise to the Old Testament people would also at the same time meet a promise to us today. If God would have fulfilled the initial promise in the Old Testament the way they saw it, we would not have the full promise today. That promise was and still is salvation in Jesus.
What does this tell us for today? Along with being able to have faith for salvation there is more. God has promised to every believer that He would provide for every need. Today each one of us must have faith that God will still fulfill that promise. None of us know when or how God will meet the need, but we must know that He will. Abraham had died waiting for God to fulfill His promise to him, yet God did come through on His promise…just not in the physical lifetime of Abraham. I don’t know everything God has promised you today, but I know that you must be willing to wait for that promise to be fulfilled. God will meet that promise in the best way for us. He has something far better for us than you or I could ever imagine. People often think they know the best way for the promise or need to be met. Only God really knows that. We see just the here and now, God sees the future as well. He really does know what is best.
I pray that today God will help you to have faith in Him; that God will be able to commend you for your faith; that God will give you the patience needed to have faith in Him; that God will bring about His better plan for your life; and that you will allow God to finish the work He has started in you to bring you to perfection some day.